The occasion of Letterman's final broadcast is an opportune time to recount one of the most triumphant moments during Dave's 33-year tenure, the "Late Show" debut of comedian Steve Mazan, who beat the professional (not to mention the health) odds to make come true his dream of performing on his hero's stage.
He's the toast of the talk show scene: Guests from Clooney to Joaquin; From Regis to Drew And Jack Hanna's zoo; Dave's better than shots of caffeine!
In September 1993, The Late Show with David Letterman did a segment called "Meet the Neighbors" where they visited Hello Deli owner Rupert Jee. His deli was right around the corner from the main entrance of the Ed Sullivan Theater, and just next door to the theater's stage door.
After Johnny Carson left, it was difficult to imagine that someone fresh would appear on late night TV until David Letterman came along. Other shows and hosts had their moments. But Letterman seemed indefatigable and slightly nuts. Some of it didn't work. But most of it did.
Meg Parsont, an occasional guest star on David Letterman's original NBC program, is momentarily stumped when asked how she'd advise the talk-show host to fill his retirement years after his last late-night show airs on CBS on Wednesday.
Regardless of his broader cultural impact, there are particular people I will always associate with watching Letterman on VHS. I think that's kinda cool, and special. It's mostly nostalgia, but there's something to be said about losing figures like Letterman.
In the early evening of May 20 the words "used to be" will be grafted to the end of my name. I will be referred to as "the former director" of Late Show With David Letterman. Along with the name change, comes the surrender of an all-access pass to New York City.
If I headed any network, I would never let a comedy treasure like him retire. David is still at the top of his game and has so much more to give. If he doesn't want to work nightly anymore, perhaps one of the networks can get him to do a few specials each year.
I'm here to say "Thank You, David Letterman." More importantly perhaps, I want you (David) to know how much I've learned from you over the many years of watching your late night zaniness.
Catchphrases were created and run into the ground for fun. I don't recall a single sentence of any foreign language I ever studied. But I do remember "too much lotion!" and "they pelted us with rocks and garbage!"
Let's talk about Hal Gurnee, who directed David Letterman for many years. As one of the best directors Letterman ever had the pleasure of working with, here's a little something about how Gurnee got the late-night talk show off the ground each day.
Jeb and TPP had second chances this week -- will they work? And what explains Stephanopoulos's gift to the Clinton Foundation? Rich Lowry and David Corn of National Review and Mother Jones debate these three "oops's". Then: who's "stupid" -- Dems for linking Amtrak funding and the Philly derailing or Boehner for de-linking them?
Five words. Just five words: Revolutionary. Hilarious. Mischievous. Subversive. Anarchical. At age 14, I would have had no idea what four of those words meant, but looking back, that is surely why David Letterman's short lived 1980 morning show enthralled me.
Film festivals flourish in beautiful places. The Montclair Film Festival in Montclair, New Jersey, now at its midpoint, adds to that rule, expanding to ten days, and inaugurating awards for filmmaking in memory of two Montclair residents who died this year.
Subtly, over time, David Letterman changed the entire tone of American television. And today that tone is more honest and authentic than ever before.
Did you ever run into someone you knew and wish you handled things better? In David Ives' play, Sure Thing, a woman and a man have a chance meeting i...